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Noticed any new buildings on campus? Here’s what you need to know about them

<p>Students walk outside of the Walnut Grove Center on Oct. 2, 2022. </p>

Students walk outside of the Walnut Grove Center on Oct. 2, 2022.

Between the hammering of equipment and the red-covered fences, you may have noticed construction on IU’s campus in the past year or two. But what’s actually being built?  

There have been several new buildings designed and renovated since 2020. From dorms to dining halls, academic buildings to parking lots, here’s your guide to the recent additions to IU’s campus. 

The Ferguson International Center was completed in July 2022 and is named after Steven L. and Connie J. Ferguson, both IU alumni who provided a gift of $5 million to partially fund the construction. The building sits on the corner of Eagleson Avenue and Seventh Street and is near the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. 

The Ferguson International Center serves as a center of international engagement. According to News at IU, the building will house programming and support services for study abroad and for international students at IU. 

The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design’s Mies van der Rohe Building was completed in September 2021 and is based on a 1952 design by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The plan was initially intended for a fraternity building. Now, the glass-covered building will include spaces for lectures, workshops and administrative programs, among other spaces. 

Outside of academics, on the north side of campus, the Walnut Grove Residence Center was finished in June 2021. Nestled next to Briscoe, Walnut Grove offers suite-style and traditional double dorm rooms at an “enhanced” price point. 

There were also a series of recent new renovations. Grouped with the Walnut Grove project was an addition to McNutt Central dining hall. According to the Herald-Times, the new dining hall houses 10 micro-restaurant-style dining options that can serve around 850 people. 

The Lilly Library also went through a major renovation throughout 2020-21. The renovation updated major building systems and improved accessibility, security and space configuration in order to better preserve, present and allow access to the library’s collections.

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